Berlin cabinet ministers fire broadsides at US
Rahvusvahelised uudised 29 Dec 2009  EWR
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Deutsche Welle

Germany’s new coalition government promised to make improved bilateral relations with the US a top priority. But some young ministers are rubbing their transatlantic partner the wrong way.

Seasoned German foreign policy experts, such as the head of the Bundestag's foreign affairs committee, Ruprecht Polenz, are beginning to worry about Chancellor Angela Merkel's ”wild boys”.

"If there are differences in opinion, successful diplomacy consists of not making them worse by using a rough tone”, Polenz told the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger daily.

He was first and foremost referring to the German foreign, defense and environment ministers, all relatively young and seemingly unruly cabinet members who've chosen to fire some broadsides at the US administration in recent days and weeks.

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